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Company expects another year of record sales, despite imminent successor incoming

Microsoft Corp.'s (MSFT) Windows 7 has by far surpassed the company's expectations, becoming the fastest growing operating system in history.  The well liked product already achieved the distinction of passing Windows XP.

Now, even with Windows 8 looming ahead for a late 2012 launch, Microsoft says it expects to move a record amount of Windows 7 personal computers -- 350 million -- in 2012.  The figure came courtesy of Microsoft's larger than life CEO Steve Ballmer, who told reporters at a conference in Seoul, South Korea, "It makes Windows the most popular single system."

The implied message is "more popular than Apple".  Apple, Inc. (AAPL) has been challenging traditional PC makers in sales, assuming you count the best-selling iPad tablet as a "personal computer".

Gartner, Inc. (IT), a top market research firm estimates that 103 million tablets will be sold in 2012, with two thirds of those being iPads.  That places cumulative iPad sales close to 70 million units.  Apple sells many more tablets than traditional personal computers.

Windows 8 hopes to gobble up some of Apple's tablet sales [Image Source: Lenovo]

Still Windows devices will outsell the popular tablet, based on Mr. Ballmer's numbers by roughly a 5-to-1 ratio.  Microsoft hopes Windows 8 will expand on that margin, with both Intel Corp. (INTC) and various ARM Holdings plc (LON:ARM) licensees planning major tablet pushes.

Of course Microsoft could face a backlash if Windows 8 is perceived as too much of a "tablet-centric" operating system and a poor choice for traditional personal computers.

Source: Bloomberg

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RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Trisped on 5/22/2012 6:20:03 PM , Rating: 5
He knew it wasn't perfect. He even knew about the flaw before the product launched. He was selling an image, and idea. The actual abilities of the product were secondary to the fantasy.

RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By JPForums on 5/23/2012 8:34:03 AM , Rating: 2
He was selling an image, and idea.

So ... am I to take it he was selling a piece of hardware to compete with Sci Fi/Fantasy movies/novels ... Makes sense.

RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2012 8:47:57 AM , Rating: 3
China figured it out

Windows Phone Outsells Apple: In China

RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By fishman on 5/23/12, Rating: 0
RE: I'm afraid to laugh...
By Mitch101 on 5/23/2012 2:23:40 PM , Rating: 2
This is the part where I scream how the iPhone sucks that it doesn't have a feature found on the Windows Phone.

"This week I got an iPhone. This weekend I got four chargers so I can keep it charged everywhere I go and a land line so I can actually make phone calls." -- Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

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